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Harveys Christmas Ale (Bottle)

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Brewed by Harveys
Style: Barley Wine
Lewes, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 386   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle; Pasteurised.
This brews popularity made it difficult to restrict it to being available for only a limited period. Fortunately the high alcohol level enables us to brew enough to last most of the year. This ensures that we keep this ales enthusiasts happy all year round. A strong, dark, heavily hopped seasonal drink.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MichaelAwesome (4142) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 5, 2014
Shared with McTapps in the Arlington Arms, Eastbourne. Quite thick and bit sourish beer with lots of cookies, some vinegar and plums in the aroma. Heavy aftertaste reminding me of some belgian which could match that one. To recommend.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
McTapps (4143) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 5, 2014
Bottle bought and drank at Arlington Arms in Eastbourne. Pours out in a deep dark brown colour with low head and medium to flat body. Aroma of sour mash, torf and woods. Taste of acid, barley, berries, malt, nuts, bread and raisins. Finished off a little bit like sea - probably the glass wasn’t too good? Couldn’t really enjoy it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (2328) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 1, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours brown, light cinnamon nose, sweet, fruity, bitter toffee.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmgreenuk (4475) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Worldbeertaste. Poured a clear reddish amber with a bubbly round head. The aroma is rich fruity with some malty vinegar notes. The flavour is medium sweet light bitter with a smooth oily red berry fruit alcoholic light bitter palate. Full bodied with flat carbonation. A Christmas beer like no other!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
worldbeertaste (1654) - AUSTRIA - JAN 7, 2014
Deep brown with a thin, white, disappearing, nonlacy head. Smells of deep toasted malt, caramel, sweet malt, and a bit of peat. Medium to full oily body. Tastes of toasted malt, caramel, rich malt and a bit of syrup. Nice by very sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (5270) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to Worldbeertaste. Pours clear brown with a small bubbly beige head. Aroma of Christmas spice, dark fruit, malts, caramel. Flavor is over moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zer0 (1132) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2014
Bottle thanks to worldbeertaste. Pours clear amber. Aroma is sweet malts, raisin, chocolate, red fruits and alcohol. Taste is quite sweet. Full bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
queenholly (2924) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle. Clear mahogany with a minimal beige head. Sweet brown bread and boozy dark fruit aroma. Sweet prune, chewy brown bread, and light alcohol flavor. Medium body, soft/flat carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (7646) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Bottle. Tart apple, raisin, and bready malt aroma. Hazy amber with minimal head. Sweet raisin and brown sugar malt and mild alcohol flavor. Light tart apple finish. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Erzengel (2645) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 24, 2013
Brown-red in the glass, nose is caramel and sweet dark malt. The beer starts sweet, malty and smooth. More like a Scotch Ale. The malty sweet taste continues, a slightly bitter note fits in well. The aftertaste is long, bitter, sweet-smooth, nice malty and round.
a nice Christmas beer, but for me a bit too sweet. But for the 8,1% (which don’t result in something sharp or alcoholic) a great brew!
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